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Music at the Tuileries - Edouard Manet. 76.2x118.1
Tuileries Garden in the very center of Paris - a favorite vacation spot of citizens in the XIX century. Just as the Garden Ring in Moscow was once really a garden ring, so Tuileries was a garden (now it’s more like a square). You can understand why this place was so attractive, especially for walking with the children, which Manet depicted in the foreground. I recall M. Mussorgsky’s play The Tuileries Garden (Quarrel of Children After the Game), possibly the best musical image of the Tuileries. The artist in the title of the picture directly indicates that music sounds in him: the visible inspiration of the crowd is its consequence. Among the characters, Manet portrayed himself and his family, as well as C. Baudelaire, T. Gauthier, J. Offenbach.
This work is the artist’s first major work reflecting contemporary urban life. He bathed in this atmosphere, made sketches, already hatched the plan of a large canvas, showed them to friends, meeting with approval and enthusiasm. Finally it was written. And what is the effect? The salon rejected him. Even friends did not understand what the artist wanted to portray. The young Emil Zola again defended himself. He said that “someday they will finally understand what place Eduard Manet takes in the transitional era that the French school of painting is going through. He will remain in her as a characteristic and most individual phenomenon. ” Later, Zola will write the novel "Creativity", the prototype of the hero of which will be Manet.